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Russia: Positions of Brewing Companies

The review contains an analysis of interim performance of brewers in the first half of 2019. There are rather dynamic changes behind a modest industry growth. Baltika is again experiencing a stage of volumes and market share slid due to competition with AB InBev Efes. Because of the price competition and presence expansion in the modern trade company #2. has come close to the leading position. At the same time sales of Heineken Russia have continued growing which makes the premium part of the portfolio heavier. The market premiumization trend had been also confirmed by import brands. MBC and Zavod Trekhsosenskiy have been the most successful among federal market players. The market share of independent regional brewers and Ochakovo have continued falling as they are being squeezed out by the market leaders at their competitive fields.

Ukrainian beer market 2019: companies and brands

In 2019 beer production and market have been still fluctuating about zero point. However, the past season was successful for brewers judging by the sales profitability. The price mix has improved due to rapid general market premiumization, as well as its particular aspect, the growth of import beer sales. By the season end AB InBev Efes improved its positions considerably. It turned out that consumers had not forgot Efes brands that had to leave the market, but started to recover rapidly. Against the stagnating market that meant sales decline of other companies, in the first place Carlsberg Group that most of all beneficiated from Efes exiting the market. PPB turned out to be stable to branding activity of its competitor and Obolon kept the same volumes and at the moment it is the absolute leader of the economy segment. The share growth of independent producers took place thanks to leading craft breweries, that so far do not have a big market weight, but they are rapidly gaining it.

Brewing industry in Kazakhstan 2019

During the first half of 2019, the majority of Kazakh brewers made their contribution into positive dynamics. Yet it was companies of the lower division, not the two transnational leaders that raised their production and sales. The shares of draft beer and aluminum can which is rapidly squeezing glass bottle out of the market, have been growing. The price segmentation has remained stable despite the substantial rise of retail prices and fluctuations of brand market shares, while the borders between segments have become blurred. The main events in the industry have been: the announced revision of the beer excise policy, launch of BeerKhan brand in the strong beer segment, and most important – purchasing assets of Shymkentbeer by Arasan.

India. Shares of liquor makers fall as Goa plans to ban alcohol consumption in public places

Shares of liquor makers such as United Spirits and United Breweries fell in a listless trade on Wednesday on news that Goa is planning to ban consumption of alcohol in public places. Analysts said companies will not be impacted by this move but sentiment in these stocks was hit on worries that other states too, may impose restrictions on consumption of liquor.

In the past one year, Kerala and Bihar have put in controls on alcohol sales.

United Spirits, the world's secondlargest spirits company by volume, fell almost 4% to end at Rs 2591.60 on Wednesday. United Breweries dropped 1.16% to close at Rs 774.45.

Pioneer Distilleries, a subsidiary of United Spirits based in Maharashtra, declined 1.29% to Rs 230. Associated Alcohol and Breweries slid 6% to close at Rs 167.40.

"The ban is on the selling of unauthorised liquor not on alcohol so it is just a sentiment. Had it been that liquor cannot be sold in restaurants and shacks, it would have been a problem for Goa," said Yogesh Nagaonkar, fund manager - portfolio management services at Bonanza Portfolio.

Analysts said there is uncertainty about the reaction of other states to the restrictions by Kerala and Bihar as many states go to polls in the next year or so.

"The sentiment is extremely negative for liquor stocks," said an analyst with a foreign brokerage. "The problem is one state implements and the others replicate."

"Goa is a beer drinking hub. So United Breweries and United Spirits will definitely be impacted," he said.

28 Янв. 2016

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